Worried about a child? Safeguarding at HHJS
Hampton Hill Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and adults at our school. We expect all staff and volunteers to share in our commitment to keeping children safe. Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Caroline Wrigglesworth
Contact: Tel: 0208 979 3019 Email: email@example.com
The Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Mandy Appleyard
We have a Safeguarding Governor: Barbara Clifford , who monitors the effectiveness of our safeguarding policy and procedures.
Below you will find a series of points about how to contact the borough’s Single Point of Access for extra support or to make a referral if you have a concern that needs professional help or support with a problem or situation. You are within your rights to do so if you feel there is a need for this.
If you are a parent or carer, and would like help for your child or your family, please contact the school and we can decide with you on the support needed. Outside school hours, or for more urgent cases, you can contact the Local Authority on 020 8891 7969. If you are worried that a child may be in imminent danger, please call 999.
In Richmond upon Thames, Protection and Early Help services are provided by Achieving for Children (AfC), the Local Authority's Children's Services Provider. Our staff are trained to look for signs that children may need help and can refer to a Single Point of Access at AfC, who will coordinate and manage additional support for children, whatever their level of need.
The link to start a referral is given here:
Making a referral to the Single Point of Access ( SPA)
You may be concerned about a child's developmental needs, issues that you or somebody else, as a parent or carer, is experiencing, or you suspect a child is being neglected or subjected to some form of abuse.
Before you start:
If you are concerned about a child being at risk, or your referral requires a timely response, you should phone the SPA on 020 8547 5008 for guidance prior to completing this form. Experts on the end of the line will be able to advise you over the phone and direct you if they feel there is a need for a referral.
SPA: 020 8547 5008 (during office hours) 020 8770 5000 (evenings and weekends)
Call 999 if you think a child or young person is in immediate danger.
Online Safety advice for parents
Alongside school, it is the parent/ carer’s role to provide age-appropriate supervision for children and young people using the internet. Amongst other things, this should include:
- talking to your children about not accessing age-inappropriate material on devices. There is a reason there is age guidance!
- knowing who your children are talking to online
- setting up age-appropriate parental controls on all digital devices
Internet filters should be used to block malicious websites. These are usually free, but often need to be turned on. The following information and resources will help to support you to keep your children safe online:
- support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online harm which provides extensive resources to help keep children safe online and details of specific online risks, including sexual abuse, criminal exploitation and radicalisation
- CEOP Education provides advice from the NCA on staying safe online
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- London Grid for Learning (LGfL) has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
- Keeping children safe online has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including guides on social media, internet connected devices and toys and online games.
- Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides, and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services
We’ve created a resource hub that allows you to access interactive guidance on setting up parental controls on your child’s devices, as well as guidance on apps like TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and more. Please follow the link below:
We are always looking for ways to educate children and parent/carers to be safe online. The Thinkuknow website is an informative and vaulable source of up-to-date resources which we highly reccomend: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
Other useful links:
Kingston and Richmond LSCB www.kingstonandrichmondlscb.org.uk
Parents Protect www.parentsprotect.co.uk 0808 1000 900
PACE www.paceuk.info [Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation]
NSPCC www.nspcc.org.uk helpline 0800 800 5000.
NSPCC Childline 0800 1111 free advice for children and young people
www.thinkuknow.co.uk Guide to internet safety for children and families.
A great, fun website for testing how secure your password is: http://www.my1login.com/resources/password-strength-test/
Please see below for more information.
Looking after someone else’s child
Private Fostering is when a child, under the age of 16 years (under 18 if they are disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a close relative, for 28 days or more.
Children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during school holiday time in school are now seen as privately fostered; or more than 2 weeks in hospital.
Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts. To be private fostering, the arrangement has not been made by the local authority, and the child or young person is not being looked after by an approved foster carer.
To find out more about private fostering follow the link below
If you are aware of a child being privately fostered, please inform the child’s school as a matter of urgency.